Housing benefit and council tax support are available to people on low incomes to help towards paying their rent and/or council tax.
Benefit cheats are people who knowingly claim benefits they are not entitled to, who give false information or do not tell us when their circumstances change. People who claim benefit when they are not entitled are committing a criminal offence.
What is benefit fraud?
People are committing fraud when they
work but do not declare this;
claim as a single person but live with their partner or non dependants;
do not declare their full amount of income, earnings, capital or ownership of another property when they claim benefit;
claim from an address they do not live at;
do not promptly advise of a change in their circumstances.
How to report benefit fraud
If you suspect that somebody is claiming a benefit falsely: